BIM: Bringing a “sea change to the industry’s workflow”

BIM: Bringing a “sea change to the industry’s workflow”

BIM or Building Information Modeling is bringing about new methodologies and possibilities for all the industry players, from designers and contractors through to citizens, end users, communities and public authorities.

Following an EU directive in 2014 recommending the use of electronic tools such as building information electronic modelling for public works contracts and design contests, BIM will be rolled out in the UK in 2016 and Germany in 2018. The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Norway have already adopted it, whilst in France, the Housing Minister recently announced that it will be mandatory for public procurement as from 2017.

BIM modelling

BIM or building 2.0, from design to demolition

“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally before it’s built, helping to deliver projects faster and more economically, while minimizing environmental impact,” explains Paul Sullivan*, Senior Public Relations Manager at Autodesk, the company that conceptualised and developed BIM. He goes on: “Coordinated, consistent information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects, better visualize and simulate real-world appearance, performance and cost, and create more accurate documentation.” All the team members input data throughout the project, facilitating communication and project delivery.

A simpler definition is provided by the National Institute of Building Sciences, quoted on WSP*: “A digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility… and a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”

BIM: the entire life cycle of the building and all the players

But BIM isn’t confined to the design and coordination phase: it covers the entire building life cycle and ecosystem, including urban infrastructures, equipment and services. As such, BIM involves everyone from architects and contractors to suppliers of products, technologies and services, citizens and end users, communities and public authorities.

This week in Paris, a dedicated expo called BIM World* is being organised for the very first time (25th and 26th March) and attended by players from across the building industry.

bim services

BIM: bringing building into the age of data and digital

A description of the challenges and potential of BIM on the website of this new BIM event highlights the vital importance of data: “Technologies such as 3D, augmented or virtual reality, GIS, Big Data, Open Data, Cloud storage and smart grids are now interfaced with digital models of buildings and infrastructure, opening up new possibilities in innovation and service.” And all this data is designed to make cost savings throughout the lifecycle of the building: design, construction, maintenance and use through to demolition.

New skills and jobs

Recruitment consultants recommend that professionals across the industry update their skills and IT tools in order to incorporate the new working methods and tools associated with BIM. A number of universities currently offer MSc courses in Building Information Modeling, and BIM Manager is increasingly featuring on job sites.

According to recruitment firm Hays, the typical BIM Manager has a background in engineering or architecture who’s at home with IT tools and had a sound understanding of virtual building and documentation systems. A BIM Manager reports to and works closely with the Technical Project Manager, overseeing the BIM project, which involves holding coordination meetings and drafting reports on interferences between the different copies of the model.

*Reference articles/further reading

The daily life of building information modeling (Buildipedia)

BIM World

What is BIM? (WPS Group)

How to hire a great BIM manager (Cadalyst).

Click here to contact us for know more about it

Click here to see our services.

BIM Lifecycle

Lifecycle of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Lifecycle of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Lifecycle of Building information modeling (BIM) is a process that includes creation and management of computational representation of buildings. While traditional way of handling building projects included 2D drafting and drawings, BIM is a modern day technology, where comprehensive information of a project is projected via a 3D model.

BIM Lifecycle
Lifecycle of BIM

Building information models carry all the information pertaining to a building that is exchanged across various operational levels and departments involved in a building and construction project.

It allows higher collaboration between the varied construction processes that result in buildings that are safer, provide better occupant comfort, are environmentally sustainable, energy efficient and have a good waste management system. This means that Building information modeling lends support throughout a buildings lifecycle.

BIM services are outsourced by construction companies and architecture firms across the globe, to design and construct buildings like houses, hospitals, schools, shops, factories etc with diverse physical infrastructures and utility structures like roads bridges airports etc.

We have a dedicated department handling BIM projects for all types of new construction projects as well as retrofits. We have worked for several international retailers, homebuilders, architects, engineers and general contractors.

building information modeling

Top 10 Benefits of BIM

BIM Building information modeling abbreviated as BIM, is an evolved process that helps creation and management of all the information – ‘physical and functional’ pertaining to the design,construction and management of a building.

bim in india

BIM ( Building Information Modeling ) is being increasingly used for building and construction projects due to the high business value it offers. It has garnered huge popularity and acceptance across the AEC industry and is used for management of several large scale construction projects across the world. The acceptance of BIM in building and construction projects was not smooth and easy; there were lot of apprehensions across the industry. However, with proven benefits, BIM managed to gain acceptance.
Here we elaborate why…

  1. Visual access to building information:  Building Information Modeling is actually a 3D model loaded with all the information like quantity take offs, MEP design details, cost details, project schedules and many more. All this information is available in a visual format. For example – as schedule progresses, it is also possible to view the simultaneously accrued costs.
  2. Helps schedule the construction process:   The information about the construction schedules is fed into BIM and it can be visualized as a process. As the schedules i.e. the construction process progresses, the use of materials, the accrued costs, the productivity of labor etc all can be evaluated and hence projects can be planned in a better manner.
  3. Enables easy conflict resolutions:   Any kind of conflicts in the design can be easily detected in a BIM environment. This is because of the effective visualization. If the MEP design conflicts with the structural design, then this conflict can be easily viewed in BI model, when the MEP and structural information is fed into it. On detection, these clashes can be immediately addressed and mitigated.
  4. Helps manage the involved costs:   Building Information Modeling allows effective and near to accurate cost estimation at every stage of construction process. Besides all the conflicts are mitigated early on and hence, any possibility of rework or unnecessary expenditures is negated. Therefore, BIM ensures that the capital is used in the most prudent and efficient manner.
  5. Supports lean construction:   Building Information Modeling allows continuous and concurrent improvements across all the dimensions of a built environment and a construction process, in terms of design, construction, energy efficiency, maintenance and recycling. Hence utilizing the minimum resources, minimum materials, minimum labor and by adopting the best planning and management practices highest value is generated.
  6. Allows improved coordination and better management:   All the people involved in a construction project i.e. architect, builder, construction manager, MEP engineer, Structural engineer, etc; remain updated about even the smallest change in the building design through the BI model. This allows better coordination between teams and hence better management.
  7. Supports detailed documentation across the buildings lifecycle:   Building Information Modeling doubles up as detailed documentation for a building and construction project. As mentioned in the previous point, the ‘I’ in BIM is very important. The model can store all information right down to the scratch.
  8. BIM can be leveraged for sustainability   Using BIM as an integral part of the design process, the aspect of energy efficiency, waste management and water management and hence sustainability can be efficiently integrated into a building design.
  9. Repair, renovation and refurbishment becomes easy:   BIM is the most effective tool for retrofit and renovation projects. This is because of the ‘I’ in BIM. The model has all the information about the construction project, any renovation and repair work can be planned surrounding this information.
  10. Enables effective facility management:  When integrated with a computer aided maintenance management system, BIM allows effective management of a facility. After the building is built and occupied, there can still be a lot of conflicts due to the changing spatial requirements. These can be efficiently handled by using Building Information Modeling as an operations and maintenance tool.

Phoenix Engineering Outsourcing company offers a comprehensive range of expert BIM services that can be leveraged to ensure utmost efficiency in a construction project. The team of professional modelers and BIM experts work on projects of varying complexities, always extending highly qualitative and timely services to clients.